This original book looks in detail at arguably the two most significant characters on either side in the middle years of the great Peloponnesian War and the showdown in and around Amphipolis that led to both their deaths in 422 BC. The Spartan commander Brasidas was already a veteran of many campaigns when he headed for the strategically important northern theatre. Cleon was the key hawk in the Athenian assembly who led his fellow citizens in a major effort to counter the impact that Brasidas was having in the north. The two finally clashed in battle outside the Athenian colony of Amphipolis which Brasidas had by then captured (the great historian Thucydides being exiled for his failure to defend it). The Spartans won but both men died in the fighting, their passing having far-reaching consequences for the subsequent course of the war. By focussing on the fatal duel between Brasidas and Cleon, and drawing on all available sources to supplement Thucydides’ seminal account, Mike Roberts offers a valuable new perspective on the Peloponnesian War.
TWO DEATHS AT AMPHIPOLIS Cleon vs Brasidas in the Peloponnesian War
This title examines in detail two of the most significant characters, Brasidas and Cleon, on either side of the great Peloponnesian War. It focuses on the showdown in and around Amphipolis that led to both their deaths in 422 BC and allowed exhausted Sparta and Athens and their respective allies to sign a peace that would however be short lasted and turn out to be no more than a breathing space.This is a valuable book for anyone wanting to get to grips with this little known episode and appreciate its importance, but also with the strategies carried out during the Peloponnesian War. It shows well the importance of the fight for Amphipolis, and the dominance of the North that would result from it.